It's Two Weeks Since National Babymaking Day...

National Babymaking Day Was 2 Weeks Ago...
16 January 2018

More women will find out they are pregnant tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th, than at any other time of year, a study has found.

The date falls just over two weeks after National Babymaking Day on January 2nd, which is the most common day of the year for couples to try to conceive.

Experts believe more than 10,000 women will be take pregnancy tests on Wednesday to see if the two blue lines appear so they can start planning for a new arrival.

The date emerged as a study by parenting site ChannelMum.com revealed a phenomenon dubbed ‘pregnancy test addiction’, with women taking an average of SIX different pregnancy tests to ensure they really are expecting.

Despite already having a positive result, 62 per cent of mums carry on taking pregnancy tests – spending an average of £30 on tests – as they worry about the health of the pregnancy or the initial test being wrong.

Seven per cent of mums-to-be take 10 tests, while one in 20 admitted to checking 16 times or more before they finally accept they are pregnant.

The study of 1,435 mums even found one in 12 are so hooked on checking for the two blue lines that they keep taking tests up until they have their 12-week scan.

More than four in 10 mums-to-be admit using specialist but expensive early tests which can give a positive result up to five days earlier than normal kits.

But the report found modern mums are breaking with the tradition of waiting until the three-month mark to announce their pregnancies, with just 26 per cent holding out until after their scan to share their news.

Instead, one third chose to tell family and friends as soon as they discover they are expecting, with more than half announcing their pregnancy by the seven-week stage, despite medical experts advising the risk of miscarriage remains high.

Modern mums are also radically changing the way they announce their pregnancy.

Rather than telling people in person, three in five reveal their happy news on social media, with 45 per cent going a step further and posting their scan picture.

This compares to just 53 per cent who still tell their loved ones in person, and one in five who telephone others with the information.

A growing number are also using apps including Snapchat and What’s App to announce their news, with 20 per cent of modern mums revealing their pregnancy this way.

However, despite pregnancy being a happy time, 47 per cent of mums-to-be experienced negative comments when revealing their news.

The most common jibe was ‘was it planned?’, with one third of parents asked this, while one in five were quizzed on whether they would cope.

Shockingly, 20 per cent were even told ‘don’t you have enough kids already?” alongside five per cent who were asked ‘who is the dad?’

A further 18 per cent were criticised for being too young and one in 50 where told they were 'too old' to have children.

Strangers are most likely to make negative comments on a new pregnancy, with 35 per cent of women subjected to comments from people they don’t know.

One third were verbally abused by work colleagues and 29 per cent by their own friends.

A further 28 suffered nasty comments from their own MUM and 22 per cent from their mother-in-laws.

Worryingly 13 per cent even had negative comments from their GP or midwife on announcing their new pregnancy.

We'd love to hear what you make of this story.

20 comments

  • Chloé R.

    I better check :joy::joy::joy:

  • Vicky H.

    I found out 9th January and waited until we'd had 13 week scan to announce

  • Laura H.

    we're gonna get busier :see_no_evil::joy::see_no_evil::thumbsup_tone1::kissing_heart:

    • Claire L.

      Just waiting for my badge to mysteriously stop working at the team door :joy::joy:

  • Kelly S.

    I waited till after 20 week scan to tell anyone x

  • Mary M.

    Have you something to tell me, because I don’t. I know i am mary but not a hope of any babies for me!!!!!

  • Caroline A.

    Yh you need to do the deed to be baby making,I'd rather stick pins in my eyes

  • Georgina Y.

    Found out about all four of mine around about this time of year (September and October babies) - I told certain people pretty much as soon as I knew each time, but saved the announcements on Facebook until I had scan photos to show off

  • Emma M.

    I found out i was expecting my son on 16th January 2016 :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:

  • Ceri D.

    I waited till after the 20 weeks scan, I don't understand how people can tell people so early

    • Lorraine A.

      Probably because they're excited maybe :thinking:

    • Shauna S.

      I don't understand how people wait five months when it only needs to be three but guess what I do understand? Is that it's everyone's personal choice and thars all that matters lol

  • Tee A.

    Most people found out when he was 2 days old. I made an announcement with a compilation of photos. A positive pregnancy test.. a scan a bump photo then the baby. Only a hand full of people knew. :wink:

    Shocked a lot of people :joy:

  • Vicky H.

    I found out New Year’s Eve 2015, has my 12 week scan 17th February 2016 and announced it then :relaxed:

  • Laura H.

    we announced it a few hours after the positive test!! we were absolutely over the moon and wanted to shout it from rooftops!

  • Zoe L.

    I waited until after my 12 week scan apart from family and close friends. Had a misscarriage previously and needed to know everything was ok before telling the world. Its also nice to live in your little bubble for a while before the world and his wife starts giving you "advice" cx

  • Ellie M.

    We waited till 16 weeks before telling anyone we had a private scan and then reviled the news and the sex at the same time x

    • Claire B.

      Was it hard waiting that long to tell everyone? X

    • Ellie M.

      No it was nice actually only me and partner know xx

  • Lyn T.

    Had no social media wen I was pregnant but found out wen I was 4_6 weeks told a lot as I couldn't hide the truth I was big at that time both my children are Feb along with my grandson must be something about May

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